Sustainable Management of Fishing Resources: Rights and Obligations of Coastal States as well as Obligations of Flag States
Indonesia is one of the States most affected by illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing which significantly harms economic development and marine ecosystems. It is estimated that the annual loss caused by this harmful practice reaches several billion US-Dollars. For this reason, the Indonesian Government has increased its efforts to combat IUU fishing.
In 2016, the Foundation and the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia initiated a cooperation on the law of the sea with a strong focus on IUU fishing. After bilateral coordination meetings in Heidelberg and Jakarta, the Foundation was invited by the Coordinating Ministry to contribute to a workshop on the law of the sea conducted in Lombok for Indonesian authorities involved in combating IUU fishing. Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum conducted a one-day session on the topic of “Sustainable Management of Fishing Resources: Rights and Obligations of Coastal States as well as Obligations of Flag States”.
The Foundation and the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs are planning to expand their cooperation in 2017 and intend to involve representatives from other ASEAN countries in future activities.